Chris Rumble is at his best when he's creating offense from the blue line. When the junior is active and moving the puck, he creates space and finds lanes to best utilize his hard shot. With more consistency in his game, Rumble has produced for the Canisius Golden Griffins. The reward has been 19 points (six goals, 13 assists). Now add first team selection.
Rumble became the first Griff to be named First Team All-Atlantic Hockey since Cory Conacher in 2009-10.
He is one of three players the Griffs placed on all-conference teams. Junior forward Ralph Cuddemi and senior goaltender Keegan Asmundson were second-team selections.
Rumble has been key to Canisius special teams scoring, netting 10 of his 19 points on the power play.
Asmundson has backstopped the Griffs impressive defense in the past month. The senior posted a league best 1.89 goals against average and a .931 save percentage with one shutout in conference play. Admundson spent the majority of his first three seasons playing backup to Tony Capobianco, who set nearly every Canisius goaltending record. After a slow start to the season, Asmundson found his groove.
"I was able to settle in and relax," Asmundson said of the second half of the season. "Just play a quiet style game. Be big. Be dumb. Stop-the-puck kind of thing. I just go back to the details, the hard work in practice and keeping it simple."
Cuddemi became the fifth player in the program's Division I era to have a 20-goal season. The right winger has 21 -- two shy of the single season mark set by Cory Conacher in 2010-11. Cuddemi netted two hat tricks this season and has 11 multi-point games. Of his 36 points 13 have come on the power play.
"Everyone’s been telling me that my play around the net is one of my strengths. … I’m trying to pull myself more toward the net instead of staying around the perimeter," Cuddemi said earlier this year. "I feel it’s been helping me not only with production but overall play."
The Griffs had a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs and open their postseason as the No. 2 seed hosting No. 8 Sacred Heart at HarborCenter. The best-of-three series begins at 7:35 p.m. Friday. The winner advances to the Atlantic Hockey final four at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The Griffs have advanced to the past two championship games winning their first title in 2013 .